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    The lucerne leafcutting bee in New Zealand

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    The lucerne leafcutting bee Megachile rotundata was introduced to New Zealand from North America by me beginning in 1971 for management as a specialist pollinator of lucerne flowers for production of seed. A specialist pollinating bee was needed because although honey bees readily visit lucerne flowers, they collect mainly nectar and avoid `tripping’ a spring-loaded reproductive column which can deliver a debilitating punch to the soft-bodied bees. Consequently the flowers...

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    Creative Woodcraft's Weta Workshops!!

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    We are delighted to announce the introduction of a NEW product to our conservation range. Weta Motels are great for kids, schools, community projects and plantings, ecological restoration projects etc.. Weta Motels             Creative woodcraft has collaborated with Mike Bowie (The Weta Man!) Mike is a Senior Technical Officer and has worked in the entomology/ecology field at Lincoln University for 30 years on a range of topics...

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    NZ BUSINESS HELPS TO GROW NATIVE BEE POPULATION

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    Creative Woodcraft is passionate about the future of bees in New Zealand and has teamed up with a pollination expert to offer Kiwi gardeners a chance to help. With a heightened focus on the future protection of honey bees throughout New Zealand. Creative Woodcraft spokesman Ian Morton said the company were excited to be able to offer a proven solution to help gardeners encourage native bees and help them to pollinate...

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